Monday, July 7, 2014

Retaining Teachers of Color in our Public Schools

Center for American Progress
June 30, 2014 | View Online 
 Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools 
 A Critical Need for Action

By Glenda L. Partee

Teachers of color are significantly underrepresented in the public school population, despite the fact that the number of students of color is growing rapidly. Teachers of color are more likely to work and remain in high-poverty, hard-to-staff urban schools and are known to be personally committed to the success of children of color. They also serve as powerful role models for all students and prove that teaching can be a viable career for people of color.

This report, the third in a series, focuses on the need to retain teachers of color—specifically, those who effectively improve student achievement. It explores reasons for low teacher retention rates and discusses promising retention policies and practices to ensure that the most capable teachers of color enter and remain in our public schools. Together, state, district, and local school leaders—as well as organized communities of color—can begin to remedy the low representation of people of color in the teaching force.

Read more and download the full report here.
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